Worthing over-50s project in bid for Lottery funding

Walking football at Worthing Leisure Centre
Walking football at Worthing Leisure Centre

A Worthing bid to encourage the over-50s to be more active is making national news.

Community trust South Downs Leisure is one of five groups competing in the ITV Meridian West region for £50,000 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition.

Community gardening at Worthing Leisure Centre

Community gardening at Worthing Leisure Centre

Voting opened at 9am today at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk and the Worthing bid will be showcased on television on Thursday, when South Downs Leisure appears on ITV Meridian News at 6pm.

If the funding bid is successful, the fabulous project More Over 50s, More Active, More Often in Sussex will be improved and expanded.

The sessions, including walking football, walking netball and community gardening, are held at Worthing Leisure Centre, in Shaftesbury Avenue. The Lottery funds would help South Downs Leisure to put on extra sessions, pay for coaching staff and provide more equipment.

Alan Ford, marketing manager, said: “We are bringing the games that people loved when they were younger back to their lives, as they are played at a slower pace.

Walking netball at Worthing Leisure Centre

Walking netball at Worthing Leisure Centre

“With these activities, and the gardening, too, participants will testify to how much fitter and healthier they feel and that they also no longer feel socially isolated.

“By voting for us, you could just be extending someone’s life. The money would be fantastic to help more over 50s do so much more good in the local community. We want more walking football, more walking netball and more community gardening, more often, in Sussex.”

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery have teamed up to give communities the chance to decide how £3million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their area.

Also competing in the ITV Meridian West region are West Wight Sports Centre Trust in Freshwater with C.O.O.K - Creating Opportunities in Our Kitchen, Pound for Pound Training Ground CIC in Southampton with Fighting Fit, Footprints Project in Poole with Life Works, and Brighton and Hove Food Partnership with Surplus Food Network.

The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help organisers develop their work and further improve people’s lives.

Public voting online to decide who wins the prize. It closes at noon on Monday, April 3. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote.

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